Informing healthy building design with biophilic urbanism design principles : a review and synthesis of current knowledge and research
Reeve, Angela, Hargroves, Charlie, Desha, Cheryl, & Newman, Peter (2012) Informing healthy building design with biophilic urbanism design principles : a review and synthesis of current knowledge and research. In Healthy Buildings 2012 : 10th International Conference, 8-12 July 2012, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland. (Unpublished)
Links between human health and wellbeing, and contact with nature are well understood in the fields of health and psychology, and more recently are gaining attention in the built environment industry. In 1984, E.O. Wilson coined the term ‘biophilia’ to describe the tendency for humans to have an innately emotional response to other living organisms. A growing number of researchers around the world are now exploring the impact of nature in urban environments (i.e. biophilic urbanism) on the human condition, including many indicators of human physical and mental health, recovery and performance. There is also an emergence of research on the potential for biophilic urbanism to address other challenges related to climate change mitigation and adaptation. This paper presents key findings from a review of key literature to date, discussing opportunities for biophilic urbanism to both improve occupant experience and performance, as well as addressing other sustainability objectives including climate change mitigation and adaptation. The paper presents an emerging framework for considering biophilic design opportunities and highlights implications for the built environment industry. This research draws on an Australian project considering biophilic urbanism in the response to climate change, within the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre. This includes findings from a literature review, a survey pilot study and two workshops undertaken in Perth and Brisbane with a variety of industry and government stakeholders.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||Climate change, Ecology, Energy performance, Healthy homes and buildings, Human performance, Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), Surveys|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > OTHER BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (129900)
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2012 Please consult the authors|
|Deposited On:||24 Mar 2014 00:45|
|Last Modified:||24 Mar 2014 00:46|
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